Football players who botched match-fixing result told it was ‘life and death’
August 20th, 2014

Southern Stars coach and some players lost 3-0 instead of 4-0 and infuriated match-fixing syndicate leaders, court told

Police say the Southern Stars were a better side than many of the teams they lost to, which enabled them to control the outcome. Photograph: Graham Turner/Guardian
Players at a Victorian football club who rigged games for a Singaporean match fixing syndicate were told it was a “life and death” situation after they botched a result.

Zia Younan was the coach of the Southern Stars when he and some players began cooperating with the syndicate to manipulate outcomes in the Victorian Premier League and net lucrative betting jackpots.
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BBC host Gary Lineker ‘sick’ over FIFA corruption
August 20th, 2014

From The Scotsman

GARY Lineker has claimed he feels sick at alleged corruption within FIFA and labelled the decision to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as “ludicrous”.
Lineker was part of England’s bid team for the 2018 tournament won by Russia, and insists that England should not bid again if the only way to win is by bending the rules.
In an interview with GQ magazine, the former England striker said: “I was with David Beckham having a burger the night before the Qatar decision. We were out trying to get support; Prince William and David Cameron were out there, too, and I said to Becks, ‘We are the only country doing this. The whole thing smells; it is a done deal’.”
“It makes you feel sick, actually, the whole FIFA thing, the corruption at the top level is nauseating. Sepp Blatter likewise has run it like a dictatorship for so long and he comes out with so much nonsense.”
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Football: Philippines rocked by player revolt
August 19th, 2014

MANILA – The Philippines’ football team has been rocked by a player revolt with two Azkals senior players refusing to suit up for American head coach Thomas Dooley.
Midfielder Stephan Schrock and fellow mainstay Dennis Cagara declared on social media this week they had played their last match under Dooley, amid speculation they were unhappy over a policy perceived to favour younger players.
“As long as coach Dooley will lead the team I won’t wear the jersey of Azkals again,” Schrock, 27, told fans on his Twitter and Facebook pages.
“I hope I will give my comeback one day!!” said German-born Schrock, who has a Filipina mother and scored three goals in 17 senior caps.
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Sponsors pressure FIFA over Qatar 2022 bribery claims
August 18th, 2014

Published on Aug 1, 2014
Oil company BP and the maker of Budweiser beer have joined the ranks of World Cup sponsors calling for soccer’s rulers to tackle corruption allegations over .

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How Can Asian Football Develop into World Cup Contenders?
August 16th, 2014

By Christopher Atkins , Featured Columnist Jul 1, 2014

The 2014 World Cup was a veritable disaster from an Asian football perspective. None of the AFCs four representatives reached the second round—the worst showing for AFC teams since 1998—and were left without a win to show for their efforts.

Given the positive aura around both South Korean and Japanese football in particular over recent years, it was a major blow for the AFC, which has undoubtedly been rapidly growing as a footballing power.

“We must bring our game to the next level and there is no time to wait,” AFC president Sheikh Salman said in a press release distributed last week. “Football will not slow down and nor will the rest of the world.”
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